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Summer Sonic Festival 2008

  • The Verve playing Summer Sonic festival in Tokyo, Japan. The Wigan band's uplifting return single 'Love Is Noise' is released on physical formats in the UK today (August 11, 2008).

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  • The Ting Tings play Japan's Summer Sonic festival near Tokyo, fresh off the back of their UK chart-topping success with track 'That's Not My Name'.

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  • The Fratellis play Summer Sonic festival 2008. For videos, photos and more from the dazzling live event (including writer Alex Hoban's bizarre acupuncture experience with The Wombats), head to NME.COM/Blogs.

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  • Death Cab For Cutie power through their set in Japan. The band's unusual name comes from the title of a song performed by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band in The Beatles' 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour.

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  • Coldplay at Summer Sonic. Against a backdrop depicting the French Romantic painting by Eugène Delacroix, 'Liberty Leading The People' - used as the band's album artwork for recent release 'Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends' - the band performed in costumes aping the style of French revolutionaries, as they have done for other dates on their current tour.

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  • The incredible firework finale at Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo (August 2008). Earlier in the evening Coldplay played a rousing set, with Chris Martin leaping off stage to run through the crowd on more than one occasion.

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  • Go!Go!7188 are one of Japan's most popular alternative acts, an indie three-piece influenced by surf-rock and traditional Japanese music. Fronted by femme fatales Yuu and Akko, they're completed by drummer Turkey. They headlined a rammed gig on the Island stage, proving worthy competition against Paul Weller and The Prodigy.

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  • MGMT play Summer Sonic festival. The band have soared to success in 2008 off the back of their debut album and the hugely-acclaimed single 'Time To Pretend'.

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  • The Verve's Richard Ashcroft playing Tokyo's Summer Sonic festival this weekend (August 10, 2008). The festival is the largest in Japan, has a twin event over the same weekend in Osaka and this year saw The Prodigy, Coldplay and Sex Pistols headline.

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  • Coldplay take Summer Sonic festival 2008 by storm. The band gave Tokyo a reason to dance, playing a thumping remix of Talk, and an enhanced version of 'God Put A Smile Upon Your Face' that sounded like the Doctor Who theme tune, according to one NME reviewer. Read the full report at NME.COM/artists/Coldplay.

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  • MGMT at Summer Sonic Festival. Read NME.COM's blog from the festival and watch video clips of the bands at NME.COM/Blogs.

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  • Alicia Keys, who joined Coldplay at Summer Sonic to guest on the track 'Clocks'. Chris Martin introduced her on stage as "the most beautiful woman in the worldâ

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